Sea Freight Services


Whatever you need to ship, our sea freight forwarding services can deliver it to and from anywhere – safely and on time. You benefit from our global partner network and container consolidation services that provide the highest level of flexibility and transit-time reliability for international sea freight.

Our freight forwarding services include all modes.  Magellan Logistics is also an Air Freight specialist. For more information please contact us.


What sets Magellan apart?


FCL: Seamlessly and cost-effectively land your regular shipments utilising our network of tier one carriers. Magellan has the scope and flexibility to offer a variety of sea freight services from a range of loadports, including our popular buyer’s consolidations.


LCL: When you don’t have enough cargo to fill a container, but what you have can’t wait. LCL shipping is an essential part of a flexible logistics mix, helping you save money and manage your inventory and cash flow. Magellan manages a consolidation program from strategic loadports.


Flexible un-pack and delivery solutions.


RORO, dry bulk shipping, oversized and out of gauge cargo, and reefers also available.

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What goes into Sea Freight rates?

Sea freight is the most common mode used by importers and exporters, with around 90% of all cargo shipped by sea.

Why Sea Freight?

There are fewer restrictions on cargo types compared with Air Freight. Sea freight can handle high volumes and is the most economical. Goods restricted from Air Freight such as gases, flammable, toxic or corrosive goods, magnets and some types of chemicals can be all sent by sea.

CO2 freight emissions from sea freight are a fraction of Air Freight. According to DEFRA, 2 tonnes shipped for 5,000 kilometres by sea freight will lead to 150kg of CO2 emissions, compared to 6,605 kg of CO2 emissions for Air Freight.

How is Sea Freight calculated?

FCL sea freight is charged by the container size. Generally, a 40’ will be 2 x the cost of a 20’. Rates are market-driven and are usually only valid for a month.
LCL sea freight is charged by cubic metre. Forwarders will consolidate freight from various shippers into an FCL or all one shipper’s freight from multiple suppliers into a Buyer’s Consolidation and ship to the destination. Port charges are higher for LCL.

Helpful Resources

Importing your goods by Sea Freight

Important information around government regulations, cost and weight options.


Find out answers to all your common questions here.

Glossary of Terms

View our Glossary of Terms.


View the latest International Commercial Terms.


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